Mile 139 Report

September 19, 2006
by comubp

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, N of Tenmile Creek
Conditions:
Tuesday 10:15 AM
Party cloudy
Wind:
Calm/Light
Humans / Pets:
People:
3
Activities:
ATV riding
Concerns:
Driftwood removal
Apparent Violations:
firewood cutting, legal with permit from BLM
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
2
Activity Comments:
Beach was approximately 40 yds wide and covered w/ vehicle tracks, near high tide.
Notable Wildlife:
4 sanderlings & three gulls seen on the beach
Dead Birds:
Total:
8
Species/names:
1 W. grebe, 5 common murre, 2 large imm gulls
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
none observed
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae
eel grass widespread, along with brown kelp
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summer wave/wind action has again built up a sand berm between the seawall and the lower beach. Lots of green/brown algae "scum" in surfline & on beach. this is a natural occurance & not due to pollution.
Summary:
Kelp, eel grass and diatom “scum” in driftline. Foraging shorebirds (Sanderlings and three gulls). Five dead Common Murre, 1 dead Western Grebe and 2 dead immature Western Gulls. Ridge and runnel of sand formed on beach. Low human impact (3) riding legal ATV; however, beach covered with vehicle tracks. Driftwood removal for firewood.
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2013

November 9, 2013 - 10mile2
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March 17, 2013 - 10mile2
No visitors or human activity observed on this remote mile. Very little wildlife observed.

2012

August 10, 2012 - 10mile2
Back to normal on this isolated stretch of beach with no road access within 2 miles. The winds and tidal action have swept the beach clean of any observable tsunami-related materials from Japan.
June 9, 2012 - 10mile2
Usually, this long stretch of beach has been swept clean by the wind and waves. Today there was a significant amount of driftwood all along the 2 mile length of beach we walk. Mixed in with the...

2011

December 17, 2011 - 10mile2
This windswept section of beach is generally kept clean of logs, kelp, and man-made debris. Razor clam shells in the driftline. Usually, broken shells sighted are everything but Razor clam shells....
April 17, 2011 - 10mile2
Once again, a nice, peaceful walk along a windswept section of the shoreline north of Ten Mile Creek west of Lakeside. With no road access, and being part of a large area off limits to ATV's, it's...

2010

August 14, 2010 - 10mile2
Another typical day in paradise. Light winds, moderate temperatures with a light overcast (clearing). This two mile section north of Tenmile Creek had only one other visitor with 2 dogs (put on...

2009

October 24, 2009 - 10mile2
The beach area appeared in typical condition for this time of year. Swept clean by recent storms and tides, the long, desolate beach and pounding surf makes us appreciate the beauty and power of...
January 19, 2009 - 10mile2
Remote, isolated section of coast that takes an effort to get to. Generally swept clean of human and natural debris by winter storms. The only things noted this visit were numerous shells and a few...

2008

March 2, 2008 - 10mile2
Clean, windswept beach. Very little human visitation to this remote site. Found an unusual number of 'unbroken' sand dollars. Very little wildlife present; a few shorebirds on the sand. Shells in...

2007

November 7, 2007 - 10mile2
Normal windswept sections of remote beach. Little driftwood and man-caused litter present. Small amount of seaweed clumps present. Numerous broken shells and overturned and picked apart immature...
March 11, 2007 - 10mile2
Small amounts of kelp/algae, shells and animal casings in the driftline. Floats, large plastic buckets and barrels on the beach. Erosion of 100-200 yards of vegetated foredune every 1/2 to 1 mile....